This is my first post! I’m excited to be a student blogger representing the sciences at Franciscan University of Steubenville for this next academic year. Franciscan has provided some pretty incredible opportunities for me the past couple years, and this summer is no exception!
This summer, my two hands have been working diligently in attempt to be a small piece of a much bigger picture. I have been keeping quite busy these past 10 weeks or so by leading a research team with a goal of helping further understand a small organic molecule that has antibiotic activity against multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis. Essentially, my team and I are beginning to make the “powder” that you find inside a pill! This “powder” is being made for our neglected, forgotten brothers and sisters in third world countries that are dying daily due to lack of clean water and resources.
How can an undergraduate institution, let alone an undergraduate take a role like this? Well, the Chemistry Department at Franciscan is becoming quite the game changer and has teamed up with some awesome companies to form a pretty impressive collaboration. I won’t go into the details of it all quite yet, but I will say that we are working with a pharmaceutical company, AbbVie. AbbVie is providing us with the pharmaceutical expertise as we need it, and they will obtain biological data on all of the small organic molecules we help synthesize. This stuff is for real!
How cool is that? I am really excited to share more about all of this, but that’s all for now.
I’ll leave you with this:
Let me stress this point: it is in the simplicity of your ordinary work, in the monotonous details of each day, that you have to find the secret, which is hidden from so many, of something great and new: Love.
-St. Josemaría Escrivá
I believe this to be one of the strongest themes of St. Josemaría’s ministry… Take an ordinary action, and make it extraordinary by doing it in, through, and for Love. That, my brothers and sisters, is what I believe to be happening in the chemistry labs here at Franciscan. We may just be running some experiments, but it’s so much more than that. I am excited to see what God does with our work, and I look forward to sharing more and keeping you updated.